Mon 23 Sept

49th Parallel

Cert. U

Special Screenings

123 mins

in English

UK | 1941 | dir. Michael Powell, with Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Anton Walbrook, Glynis Johns | 35 mm

A German U-boat crew on the run discovers the cultural and geographic diversity of Canada. This first major wartime saga from Powell and Pressburger won an Oscar for its bold script, and launched The Archers as the most irreverent and ambitious of Britain’s new generation of 40s filmmakers. The propaganda aim was to encourage US involvement in the war with Nazi Germany, but the film, with its epic location filming (expertly integrated with studio scenes by editor David Lean) and host of guest stars playing Canadians of all backgrounds, also provided a timely primer in democratic values standing up to fascism.

Preceded by Archers Assemble: Creating the Powell-Pressburger Partnership, a free lecture by Prof. Ian Christie at 6pm, in partnership with Gresham College.



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